The purpose of Community Living Association is to involve community and family in promoting the highest quality of life for people with developmental disabilities by assisting them to be independent, self-confident, and valued members of the community.

Community Living Association is a private, nonprofit organization working to assist people with intellectual and developmental disabilities to be independent, self-confident, and valued members of the community.

CLA is the second largest employer in Houlton and a leader in provision of developmental disability services in northern Maine. CLA provides community supports, work and training programs, along with a wide range of residential services, supported independent living, home supports, shared living, and community case management. CLA is proud of the quality of residential and support environments it has developed over the past 55 years.

Staff enjoy the inherent rewards of making a difference in the lives of the people they serve; helping people experience their community and joy in their lives. Our staff come from all walks of life. We're proud of our positive culture of openness and transparency. Staff are happy and have fun at work. Our best new hires come from staff referrals. We're proud of our staff longevity. Many have been at CLA over 20, 30, and 40 years. Most of our supervisors, managers, and directors were promoted within. Staff feel safe, valued, recognized, rewarded, and welcome. We all work together with a common goal and purpose to provide the very best quality supports for the people we serve.

CLA's philosophy is that society benefits when all people have the same rights and privileges; and can be independent, grow to their fullest potential, participate fully in their communities, and live an unrestricted life.

Each person is unique, important, and valuable. Everyone has a role to play in this world. Each person has the right to experience joy in their lives and be treated with respect, honor, and dignity.